this is E’s “back to school” dress and i took these pictures last fall. i feel like i need to give you that disclaimer lest you think we’re all tan and wearing flip flops around here in january. no. the photos are seasonally out of date, but since this is E’s favorite dress of the moment, i couldn’t skip blogging it!
JoAnn Fabric has really upped their apparel fabric game lately. i’ve been finding a lot of great knits, in particular, and we all know how hard good knits are to come by.
this one is a poly blend of some sort, and it’s a double layered fabric (like a double gauze but for knits). it has rainbow stripes on one side, and rainbow polka dots on the other! i used the dots for the pockets and the armhole/sleeve bindings, and the stripe for the main. when i saw it, i knew E would be a huge fan, which of course she is.
the pattern is craftiness is not optional’s lulu dress. pretty sure i made a 4T with added length again, it’s been a while so i can’t exactly remember. great pattern, so quick to make and easy to wear, and you can make it with a knit top/woven bottom, or all knit! i hadn’t tried the all knit version until now, but it is definitely nice to never have to worry about wrinkles!
i under stitched the pocket linings and zigzagged the neckline binding, armhole binding, and the hem. the tie is a piece of fuscia bias tape.
E has worn this dress so, so much in the past few months. she now wears it with leggings and a sweater – any time it’s clean she chooses it. it’s gotten a bit pilly after many washes, but not too bad.
there’s something about blogging a project after months of use – it’s harder to remember the sewing details, but nice to have the history of whether it was a successful project from a use and longer term wear standpoint. this one was definitely a success!